Diabetes research is an ongoing promise by multiple organizations to help bring an end to diabetes. Below I will go over some of those organizations, including the ones I will be directly donating to this month and I will provide links for you to check them out for yourself.
American Diabetes Association
ADA is a non-profit organization with a network of more than 565,000 volunteers, a membership of more than 540,000 people with diabetes, their families and caregivers, a professional society of nearly 20,000 health care professionals and more than 250 staff members.
They have various ways you can get involved, donate, or even give back. If you can’t afford to donate to ADA, you can check out this link for an alternative way of giving back. One of the cool ones I saw was SurveyMonkey. Every survey you complete, SurveyMonkey will give $0.50 to ADA. That’s really cool.
If you want to donate to ADA, there is a general link for donations. The money donated goes towards everything the ADA needs to keep their mission going, including community outreach and education.
If you want to donate directly to diabetes research, the ADA Research Foundations takes donations directly at this link. Donations made to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation are 100% restricted to Association-funded diabetes research projects. The Research Foundation provided critical funding to support innovative scientific discovery that will translate to better treatments, healthier lives, and eventual cures.
Your support is more important than ever, because far too many of those who live with this disease can’t afford the care they need to manage it. I highly encourage you take a look and explore their website. They also have a link to a petition you can sign today that advocates for affordable insulin. If you or a loved one has to buy insulin just to survive, sign this petition so everyone who needs insulin to survive can get access to it at an affordable price!
Cures Within Reach
Cures Within Reach is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. They fund disease research and repurposing research. Cures Within Reach helps to improve patient quality and length of life by leveraging the speed, safety, and cost-effectiveness of medical repurposing research, driving more treatments to more patients more quickly.
They have researched 49 diseases, funded 85 repurposing projects, funded 51 institutions, and improved 13 diseases.
Repurposing research investigates whether a drug, device, diagnostic, nutritional product, or other therapy approved for human use in one disease or condition can be used to create a medical solution in a different disease or condition (source).
Cures Within Reach is committed to alleviating suffering and bringing hope to those dealing with life-threatening illness, challenging research institutions to support alternative approaches for research and funding that may lead to medical breakthroughs, inspiring and funding researchers with innovative ideas that might otherwise remain unexplored, and honoring a donor’s unique motivation to have an impact on the pursuit of treatments and cures.
Currently, they have 24 active research projects and only two are related to diabetes: Repurposing a Vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes and Treating Cataracts in Diabetic Patients Using a Surgical Device. You can click the links to check out those research projects and learn more.
Donations made to Cures Within Reach goes towards funding their research projects in various diseases, not just diabetes. Unfortunately, you can’t choose which project you want to donate to, but you can be assured that your donation will go into the research of many great projects that could help with treatment of multiple diseases.
If you can’t donate right now, you could consider volunteering your time. You could blog or help raise awareness on social media, highlight videos of their events, or help with patient education events. To get started, you can email them at email@example.com.
American Society of Nephrology
ASN is a non-profit tax-exempt organization that represents more than 21,000 kidney health professionals working to help people with kidney diseases and their families. Their goal is a world without kidney diseases. Their vision is to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. About 1 in 3 adults with diabetes has kidney disease. The main job of the kidneys is to filter waste and extra water out of your blood to make urine. Your kidneys also help control blood pressure and make hormones that your body needs to stay healthy.
I have added ASN to my list of non-profits to support in case you or someone you know has kidney disease caused by diabetes. I know that it would be beneficial to target the diabetes first, but if you suffer from kidney disease, there may be some way to treat it provided by ASN.
Donations to ASN will fund research that will improve treatments and find cures for the millions of patients impacted by kidney diseases.
Good Sports is dedicated to creating opportunities in sports and physical activity for kids through donations of brand new sports equipment, apparel, and footwear. Their goal is to help youth-serving programs by increasing the total amount of youth participants, enhance the experience for all young people involved, and create new opportunities for the kids they serve.
Many children in low income families are not able to be involved in sports or physical activity simply because they cannot afford it. What Good Sports does is help level the playing field and make sure all kids have the equipment to participate and funds to travel with their teams if they need.
There are several ways to donate to Good Sports. You can donate a monetary contribution once. You can become a Goal Maker and donate every month. You can also Equip-A-Kid, which is a program they have where you can purchase one or more pieces of equipment in a sport to donate to a child. You can also fully equip a child or a whole team in softball, baseball, football, volleyball, soccer, general fitness, tennis, and basketball, however much you can afford. Please note, that monetary donations to Good Sports go through PayPal, though a PayPal account is not required.
If we can get our children more active throughout their childhood, they can continue to be physically active in adulthood and that could help prevent them from getting diabetes and other health ailments later in life. Remember, obesity affects not just adults but our children too.
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
DRIF is a not-for-profit corporation with a sole focus to find a cure for diabetes. They are so serious about this goal that they want to put themselves out of business by curing diabetes.
DRIF provides funding to Diabetes Research Institute scientists to begin work on promising ideas and provide funding throughout the research process all the way to the end. When donating to DRIF and their diabetes research, your donation gives their scientists the funding they need to achieve their goal of finding the cure for diabetes.
They provide support for parents, provide tips and resources for managing diabetes, as well as provide diabetes management classes at their clinic in Florida, though with COVID-19 I’m not sure if they are still holding classes but feel free to check if you’re in Florida. You can see where they are with their research, but with COVID-19 they haven’t posted any updates for 2020 as of the posting of this blog post. There are also other ways to help besides directly donating to DRIF, like purchasing a shirt from Keep Calm or going through their Amazon Smile link when purchasing off of Amazon, a portion of the proceeds go to DRIF. I highly encourage you check out their website especially the management tips and resources.
I sincerely hope you look into these organizations and maybe find some interest in supporting one of them. Otherwise, for November 2020, I am going to donate to the first four organizations during the month and I hope to start another collection of products in my shop that will be specifically for donating to organizations like these. I’ll let you know when that happens but for now, please consider supporting my blog AND these organizations by heading over to my Etsy shop and purchasing a sticker or two. I will be donating 10% of proceeds to one organization each week.